Big-bore long-stroke engine for Post Panamax boxhips
A series of four 9,000 teu container ships for Turkish operator Ciner will be powered by eight-cylinder Wärtsilä X92 main engines.
The contract for the Post-Panamax vessels, being built for Istanbul-based Ciner Group by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) at its Subic Bay shipyard in the Philippines, includes an option for a fifth ship.
Wärtsilä says that its X92 engine was chosen for its high efficiency and environmental performance. The engine features electronically controlled common-rail technology, which through its flexible fuel injection and exhaust valve operations, enables a reduction in fuel costs. Other claimed benefits include stable running speeds down to 12% of the nominal speed, smokeless operation, and improved control of exhaust emissions. The technology makes it possible to align the performance of the X92 engine to specifically match the operating profile of the vessels.
"The Wärtsilä Generation X series of electronically controlled low-speed, two-stroke engines is absolutely in line with the current and future needs of the marine sector. The Wärtsilä X92 is designed to provide the reliability and lower operating costs that the industry now demands. Container vessels are a vital element within the transportation infrastructure, and environmental issues and fuel economy are likely to be the key drivers in maintaining the role of container transportation. Wärtsilä's competence in these areas has given it a leading position as a systems provider for extended ship power solutions in the large and ultra-large container vessel segment," said Martin Wernli, managing director of Wärtsilä Switzerland and vice-president, two-stroke, Wärtsilä Ship Power.
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